Roofers: They're Number One

3 Types Of Residential Metal Roofing To Compare

If you're considering a metal roof for your home, you'll want to learn about the different types so you select the one that's right for your home. Three common options in metal roofing are corrugated panels, exposed-fastener panels, and standing-seam panels. Standing-seam metal panels are popular options for residential use, but you can choose any type of metal roof you want. Here's how they compare.

1. Corrugated Metal Roofing

Corrugated metal is a classic look in metal roofing, especially for agricultural use. It can give your home a look that might fit with your home's industrial decor and architecture. Corrugated panels might also fit with Western or rugged architecture and decor. Corrugated panels have a wavy look.

The panels overlap each other and they're secured to the roof deck with screws and washers that are exposed. Exposed fasteners affect the appearance of your roof and also provide a place for rust and leaks to start, so the screws should be checked periodically.

2. Exposed-Fastener Panels

Corrugated roofing is a type of exposed-fastener panel, but panels with ribs instead of waves are often used on homes. These are less expensive than standing-seam roofing, so that makes them an appealing option. These have more of a potential for leaking since their screws and washers are exposed. Seams in the panels are obvious too, so the look isn't quite as appealing as standing-seam roofing. Exposed-fastener panels are often used for commercial roofs when aesthetics aren't as important.

3. Standing-Seam Metal Roofing

Your roofing contractor may recommend this type of metal roofing for your home. It has an attractive look and comes in many solid colors. These panels also have ribs on them that are made when seams come together. The seams of two panels lock and then they are turned down once or twice so they're watertight. Standing-seam panels are the most watertight option, and they can even be used on homes with low-sloped roofs.

Another difference between standing-seam and exposed-fastener roofing is that the standing-seam panels don't have horizontal seams and the vertical seams are hidden under the ribs so there are no seams visible on the roof. The fasteners are also hidden so they're protected and they don't detract from the beauty of the roof.

These panels don't have horizontal seams because the panels are extruded at your home to the exact measurement of your roof. Exposed-fastener panels are stock sizes and need to be seamed together, so they create a visible line along the roof. A lack of visible seams and fasteners makes standing-seam roofing more attractive. For more information on metal roofing, contact a professional near you.

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Roofers: They're Number One

Who is number one on your list? We have to say that roofers are number one on our list. Would you expect anything else from people who write a blog about roofers? Probably not, but allow us to explain a bit more. While we have appreciation for a lot of different professions, we have really come to appreciate the balance of skills that roofers must hold. They need to know how to work with their hands. At the same time, they also need a lot of technical knowledge, and they need to be able to make some pretty involved mathematical calculations, too. Thank you, roofers.